The University of Minnesota encompasses students from campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Rochester, Morris and the Twin Cities, as well as 16 regional extension offices. There are about 25,000 graduate and professional students in the University of Minnesota - about 40% of the student body - located within 10 different schools and close to 200 programs. They come from all 50 states and over 118 countries. GAPSA is the organization that represents this population as the umbrella-body for all 10 student councils that represent graduate and professional students.
All registered graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota are members of GAPSA. It was established in 1990 as a non-profit (IRS 501 (c)(3)) confederation of independent college councils representing all graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota to the Board of Regents, the President of the University, the University Senate, the University at large and wider community. We develop policy, distribute student fees, run programming, and advocate for funding and policy at the state and federal level on behalf of all graduate and professional students in the University of Minnesota system.
GAPSA Assembly includes representatives from:
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) of UMN Twin Cities (President and Senators)
GAPSA serves students in the Carlson School of Management, the Dental School, the Graduate School, the Law School, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Public Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Education and Human Development. GAPSA is also a member of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) and Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE).
GAPSA Executive Board 2011-2012
President Abou Amara
Executive Vice President Brittany Edwards
Vice President of Finance Flora He
Vice President for Administrative Affairs (Board of Regents) Abdul Omari
Vice President for Grants Dana Meade
Vice President for Programming Joe Matson
Vice President for Student Affairs Adair Rounthwaite
Vice President of Public Affairs Matt Little (until Jan 31)